Living on a Few Acres Conference Planned

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You’ve got land, now what do you do with it? Do you know how to tell if your septic system is working correctly? You’ve been putting up hay for a few years but would like some additional information. Maybe you are interested in starting a berry patch. If you own land, the Living on a Few Acres (LOAFA) conference is for you. This event is scheduled for March 16 at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond.

LOAFA participants will register for 4 classes, choosing from a selection of over 30 sessions which will cover topics of irrigation, pasture and pond management, hay quality and production, horse and other livestock classes and specialty crops. New classes this year include alternative medicine for horses, farming to attract pollinators, how to put up an electric fence properly and planning evacuation strategies for your animals in case of emergency, plus more.

Participants will have an opportunity to visit with neighbors, view educational displays and explore the possibilities of how they can better enjoy living on rural properties in Central Oregon.

LOAFA was developed by the Oregon State University Extension Service in Central Oregon to provide educational workshops for those living on small acreages. OSU Extension faculty partner with specialists from other agencies throughout the state to provide an action packed day full of interesting classes.

Class descriptions and registration forms are available online: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes or can be picked up at local OSU Extension offices in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties.

The cost is $45 per person or $85 for two people from the same household. Registration is due March 8. Registrations received after March 8 will cost $55 per person and will only be accepted until March 13. For more information about LOAFA, contact: OSU Extension Service, Deschutes County, 548-6088, Ext. 7959, or email: toni.stephan@oregonstate.edu

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